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Help Wanted: US Customs/Border Agency Pilots

By James T. McKenna | June 9, 2017
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A group CBP UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters on patrol over the Carribean.

A group CBP UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters on patrol over the Carribean. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. agency in charge of customs enforcement and border security “many vacancies” for air interdiction pilots and may waive some flight requirements to get them, a new government “help wanted” ad says.

The ad on the USAJobs website said applicants must respond by June 30, but a representative of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said there likely will be “a great many more pilots hired” for some time to come.


The job, air interdiction agent for the agency’s Air and Marine Operations, entails conduct air-to-air, -water and -ground interdiction of people, vehicles, vessels and goods and illegally crossing U.S. borders. It also involves patrolling oceans, lakes and rivers “to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror,” the job posting says, and prohibiting illegal narcotics and preventing the entry of undocumented aliens.

Air and Marine Ops pilots duties include acting as liaison with other federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies, gathering and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism and testifying under oath in legal proceedings. The job requires a secret security clearance.

Applicants must have an FAA Commercial or Air Transport Pilot license with an airplane or a helicopter rating (or both) with instrument rating.

Experience should include 1,500 flight hours, with 100 hours within the last 12 months. But up to 500 of the 1,500-hour requirement may be waived for general military flight experience and training, complex aircraft flight instructor experience, multi-engine aircraft time, night-vision device operations, “imminent danger” flight time and terrain or overwater flight operations.

Other requirements and details on how to apply can be found here.

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